FOX Sports is reporting that Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman will become the next head coach at Houston. That’s a move that should please Cougar fans.
Herman has proven himself a brilliant offensive coordinator at Ohio State. The Buckeyes have ranked top five in yards/play the past two seasons under Herman and Top 10 in Offensive FEI the past three seasons. This year, was a masterpiece that won him the Broyles Award, after Ohio State began the season with a novice quarterback, substantial offensive line turnover and no Carlos Hyde. The Buckeyes dropped 59 on Wisconsin in the B1G title game, with a third-string quarterback.
Houston is not a Power 5 job. But, like SMU, it has a strong local recruiting base and could easily be a stepping stone to a major job, as it was for Kevin Sumlin. It should be a strong fit for Herman, who spent 10 years in Texas, before joining Iowa State in 2009.
Improbably, Houston and SMU have ended up with hires that are, at the very least, more exciting than Florida, Nebraska or Wisconsin.